Program Details

The academic program is designed to improve students' oral, listening, writing and reading proficiency in Indonesian. Course work is typically includes classes in phonetics, grammar, and conversation as well as composition, oral comprehension and reading.
Location:
Malang, Indonesia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
The American Councils Indonesian Overseas Program (IOP) is an intensive semester- or academic year-long overseas immersion program in Malang, Indonesia. It offers students the opportunity to gain new cultural knowledge and language competency while experiencing the vibrant everyday life and diverse and rich traditions of Indonesia. The program was established to serve participants from a variety of language levels and backgrounds, including advanced students and those learning the language for the first time. American Councils has partnered with Universitas Negeri Malang since 2010 to provide Indonesian language training in an overseas immersion setting. Formerly the Institute of Teaching and Education Sciences of Malang, the Universitas Negeri Malang is one of the oldest teaching institutions in Indonesia, dating back to 1954. The university is one of the premiere institutions in Indonesia for the teaching of educators, professors, and teachers of Indonesian as a second language.

The academic program is designed to improve students' oral, listening, writing and reading proficiency in Indonesian. Course work is typically includes classes in phonetics, grammar, and conversation as well as composition, oral comprehension and reading. Language courses also cover topics in literature, history, politics, culture and area studies. Students are enrolled in small group classes and receive approximately twenty hours per week of instruction. All classes are conducted in Indonesian by full-time faculty from Universitas Negeri Malang. All American Councils programs are accredited through Bryn Mawr College, an institutional member of American Councils. Upon successful completion of the program, Bryn Mawr issues 16 undergraduate or 15 graduate hours of credit in Indonesian language (grammar and conversation). To aid cultural integration and support academic learning, participants meet with conversational partners and participate on frequent cultural excursions. Conversational partners introduce participants to local young people, accompany participants on sightseeing tours, organize cultural activities (cinema, museum, etc.), and provide students with academic support. The peer tutors are expected to speak only Indonesian.

For more than 35 years, American Councils has operated comprehensive language immersion programs for thousands of students and scholars. Participants greatly benefit from individual attention in our small classes and from interaction with host faculty who have extensive experience in second language acquisition. In addition to classroom learning, American Councils emphasizes language immersion outside of the academic program through: - volunteer opportunities at sites such as local public schools, charity organizations, and international NGOs; - cultural excursions, discussion groups, and extracurricular activities; and - life with local host-families where they can become fully immersed in language, culture, and cuisine. All participants receive undergraduate- or graduate-level academic credit through Bryn Mawr College.
Setting Description:
Located in Malang, Indonesia, students have the opportunity to explore life in a city known for its traditional food, history, sports and festivals. Malang is the second largest city in the East Java province with a population of approximately 800,000 inhabitants.

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